In March of 2020, the Lander Memorial Library, which serves Pelzer, West Pelzer, and Williamston, welcomed a new manager, Miriam Church. Miriam has been working with the Anderson County Library System for over 5 years and worked as the Teen Librarian before becoming the Lander Library manager.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Honea Path. In fact, as a kid I would go to the Jennie Erwin, Honea Path Library. It feels like I’ve known Cheryl [the Honea Path Library manager] my entire life. I would take out a stack of 10 to 15 books, read those, then read my sister’s books, then my mom’s books, before I was allowed to go back to the library and get more.
Did that inspire you to become a librarian?
Sort of, I love reading. But also, my advisor in college, at Lander University, was the Dean of Library Science. He had a Bachelor’s in Psychology, but then got his Master’s and then Ph.D in Library Science. I wasn’t going to do a doctorate, but I thought the rest sounded pretty good! And studying psychology fits nicely with being a librarian, since it’s very people-oriented and helps me understand people better.
Since it can be hard to pick a “favorite” book, what are you currently reading?
I just finished reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I read her other book, Big Little Lies, and liked the style. Plus, it takes place in Australia!
What’s next on your To-Read list?
Midnight Sun, the new Stephanie Meyer book. I had read a little of the book back when it was leaked and Stephanie Meyer put an except on her website. She also said it would be a long time before it was published, since it was leaked, so I’ve been waiting a while!
Besides reading, what’s a favorite hobby or something you like to do?
I like to quill and use quilling to make cards or small pieces of art. It’s a great stress reliever and artistic outlet. You roll these tiny strips of paper to make animals, flowers, or anything really.
Libraries are predominately known for books, but do you have a favorite “non-book” part of the library or being a librarian?
I am definitely a cardigan-and-cat loving librarian, but I love the programs that the library offers, especially the ones for teens and adults. All the programs are free, which is helpful to everyone in the community, and they provide a safe space for everyone.
You can find Miriam at the Lander Memorial Regional Library in Williamston, ready to help with book recommendations, especially for teens, and she may even show you a sample of her quilling!
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